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Fairfax High School
FairfaxHigh Dec2006.jpg
"Fare fac" (Say and Do)
7850 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, California 90046
Type Public
Established 1924
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Mr. Edward Zubiate
Grades 9th through 12th
Enrollment 2500+
Campus Urban
Campus size 24.2 acres (98,000 m2)
Color(s) Crimson, Gold, Black             
Mascot Lion
Newspaper The Colonial Gazette

Fairfax High School is a Los Angeles Unified School District high school located in Los Angeles, California, USA, near the border of West Hollywood in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. The school is located on a 24.2-acre (98,000 m2) campus at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and trendy Melrose Avenue.

Several sections of Los Angeles, including the Fairfax District, Park La Brea, portions of Hancock Park, and Larchmont, and the city of West Hollywood are served by Fairfax. Some areas (including parts of West Hollywood) are jointly zoned to Fairfax High School and Hollywood High School. In Fall 2007, some neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton High School were rezoned to Fairfax High School [1]. Bancroft Middle School, Emerson Middle School, Le Conte Middle School, and John Burroughs Middle School feed into Fairfax.



The high school was founded in 1924 under the direction of Principal Rae G. Van Cleve. Most of the original campus facilities were demolished in 1966 because they did not meet earthquake safety standards, but the historic Auditorium and its iconic Rotunda were spared by preservationists and are still in daily use. Greenway Court, originally built in 1939 as a social hall by the students at Fairfax as a class project, was also spared and was moved to its current location on Fairfax Avenue, where it has served since 1999 as the home of the Greenway Arts Alliance.

Fairfax High School was known from the 1930s until the 1980s as a breeding ground for future major figures in the entertainment industry. Redistricting and white flight transformed it into an inner-city school during the 1980s.

Former NFL official Jim Tunney served as the school's principal from 1964 to 1970.

On January 21, 1993, a Fairfax student brought a gun to school. The gun fired accidentally, killing one student, Demetrius Rice, [2] and wounding another.

In 2009 some territory from the Los Angeles High School attendance boundary was transferred to Fairfax High School.[3]


The table below represents the number of enrolled students at Fairfax High School through 2003-2007.

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2,838 2,949 3,131 3,174 2,889


As of the 2007 school year, there were 2,889 students enrolled in Fairfax High School.

The racial/ethnic composition (as of the 2007 school year) was as follows:

In addition, 67.1% of the school's students were economically disadvantaged.

Source: [5]

Small Learning Communities

When Fairfax High School re-opened in Fall 2008, it was reconfigured into a complex of five new small learning communities (SLCs) and the existing Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts. The campus was divided into six areas of "contiguous space". Non-magnet students and staff were reorganized into five new schools-within-a-school. These SLCs are:

  • Academy of Media & Performing Arts (AMPA)
  • Global Studies
  • Health Sciences Academy (HSA)
  • Individual Determination Empowerment Academic Success (IDEAS)
  • School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (SMST).

Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts

Fairfax is home to the Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts, which attracts students from across the 700 square miles (1,800 km2) of the district. It opened in 1981 and is the only visual arts magnet in Los Angeles Unified School District.



In 2007, the Lions Boys Basketball Team, under the coaching of Harvey Kitani, took the title of State Champions, Division 1A.

A special edition of the Zoom Lebron IV was produced for the basketball team using the school's colors .


In 2007, the Fairfax Marching Lions and Color Guard, under the direction of Raymundo Vizcarra, won Second Place a Competition and First Place in the LAUSD Division I Band and Drill Championship. It was the first year in more than 20 years that Fairfax had a band eligible to compete.

Greenway Arts Alliance

Fairfax High School is home to the Greenway Arts Alliance, which operates the Greenway Court Theater, a 99-seat Equity-waver playhouse, and provides arts educational programs, mentoring, and employment opportunities to Fairfax students.

In March 1998, the Greenway Arts Alliance hosted the first Melrose Trading Post. This chic flea market has become a weekly event, held every Sunday in the school parking lot at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. With revenue from entry and vendor fees, the Melrose Trading Post is the most successful ongoing fundraiser in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Notable alumni

Notable graduates of Fairfax High School include:


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